Start with some great music, add some unforgettable human and animal characters, a symphony orchestra, three very unusual narrators, and let the fun begin.
In the next hour, a program for the young—and the young at heart: Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, with Noel Coward, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with Dame Edna Everage, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Boris Karloff.
|Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals [for Carnival of the Animals and show-opening of Peter and the Wolf]||Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard||Naxos 8.550335||730099533522|
|Archy and Mehitabel [for Carnival of the Animals]||Noel Coward||DRG 19064||021471906424|
|Peter and the Wolf, etc. [for Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra]||Dame Edna Everage, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Lanchbery||Naxos 8.554170||636943417027|
|Peter and the Wolf||Boris Karloff, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Mario Rossi||Vanguard Classics ATM CD 1803||499675180324|